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Ask a Genealogists; Boston City Directory searches 1957-1960.

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Question:

I am looking for copies of the Boston city directory showing the surname "Carney" for 1957-1960.

Answer:

While the Society library has microfiche editions of the Boston City Directories for 1789 through 1980 in its fourth floor Microtext area, Ancestry.com has digitized editions of the Boston City Directories from 1821 through 1981 in its "U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)" database collection.  Many public libraries around the U.S. have a subscription to Ancestry.com for patron use. When accessing the Ancestry.com webpage, this direct link to the collection's search page can be substituted by copy-and-pasting for the main URL:  http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469   Within this search form, input the surname of interest as the Last Name, and city of interest as the 'Lived in' location, and the specific year as the Any Event year.  The Browse Collection sidebar on the right can be checked to determine if the collection includes the desired city.  The search results will list alphabetically by first name all the Carneys in the year inputted. Clicking on the View Record icon on the right side of the results list will bring up the digitized image of the first directory page containing Carney entries.  Subsequent pages can be viewed by advancing image by image through the image numbers located in the upper right section of the image viewer.

 

Ask a Genealogist: Records of the Charles Street Jail in Boston.

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Question:

The old Charles Street Jail was in operation into the 20th century.  Do you know where the records are located?

Answer:

The Charles Street Jail records are located at the Boston City Archives.  A finding guide to these records is online here as a PDF.

The Online Genealogist: A Boston Photographer in 1860's.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: My great-grandfather was a photographer I understand in Boston during the Civil War.  Can you advise a source to confirm when and where his shop was?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Answer:  First off you will want to examine the Boston City Directories on microfiche at NEHGS.  We have the run of all surviving directories from 1789 to 1981.  Also I would highly suggest examining Chris Steele and Ronald Polito's book A Directory of Massachusetts photographers,1839-1900 (Camden, Me.: Picton Press, 1993).  This volume is located on the sixth floor of our library under call # F63/D57/1993.

The Online Genealogist: East Boston Methodist Episcopal Records

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  I am looking for church records for my New Brunswick relatives that moved to Boston.  Can you suggest where I can locate Methodist Episcopal records for the church on Saratoga Street, East Boston?  I know my grandmother's cousins attended there around the First World War.

Answer: You can order Family History Library microfilm for the Saratoga Street Methodist Episcopal Church.  These microfilm can be rented and sent to NEHGS as your host facility.Note that in 1917 the SaratogaStreet Methodist Episcopal Church and Meridian Street M. E.Churches were merged and were renamed Union Methodist EpiscopalChurch.   The microfilm from the Family History Libraryincludes baptisms (1909-42); marriages (1909-41), and funerals(1909-1910, 1920).  You will want to order the followingmicrofilm - FHL US/CAN Film # 1508945 Items 23-24.


The Online Genealogist: Looking for Boston immigrants in the 1870-1890 era.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

 Question: When I visit NEHGS next week can you advise what resource would help me.  I am looking to see the residences of my immigrant Italian ancestors.  I know they lived in Boston but I doubt they owned property.

 

Answer: NEHGS has a complete run of the Boston City Directories on microfiche.  In our collection on the 4th Floor Microtext Library we have the directories for 1789 to 1981.  I think you will find this and our access to Sanborn Insurance maps very useful at your visit.

 


The Online Genealogist: Naturalized Voter lists for Boston

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you tell me where I could locate original lists for naturalized Boston voters?  I am particularly looking for voter lists from 1864-1865.

 

Answer: The published list of Boston Naturalized Voter lists from 1864-1871 are online.  You can browse this published list at: http://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22Naturalized+Citizens+--+Massachusetts+Boston%22  Other lists can be found at the Boston City Archives for the 19th and twentieth centuries.  The Archives can be visited by appointment and you can reach them at: Archives@cityofboston.gov


The Online Genealogist: Old railroad lines in Boston.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: Can you help with a couple abbreviations I found in a 1900 Boston City Directory at NEHGS.  What were the B. & L. R. R. and B. R. B. & L. R. R. for railroad designations.

 

Answer: The B. & L. R. R. - Boston & Lowell Railroad, and B. R. B. & L. R. R. is the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad.


The Online Genealogist: New South Church (Boston, Mass.)

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am trying to determine who "Rev. O. Everett" was who married my ancestors in Boston in 1788.

 

Answer: Your ancestors were married by the Rev. Oliver Everett who was pastor of the New South Church in Boston from 1782-92.  The New South Church was a unitarian church located at Summer and Bedford Streets.  The church itself existed between 1714-1866, and later merged with the New South Free Church.  This later edifice stands at the southwest corner of Camden and Tremont Streets in Roxbury.  Incidentally my own great-grandparents were married in a double wedding at the New South Free Church in 1874 by Rev. William P. Tilden.


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